Save The Date: Dry Mineral Processing – for the Moon and Earth
Join us at our joint event with MinSouth to hear Kathryn Hadler of Imperial College discuss “Dry Mineral Processing – for the Moon and Earth”.
Use of off-Earth resources, or Space Resource Utilisation (SRU), is essential for the further exploration of space by humankind. Off-Earth resources will provide propellant, oxygen, water and building materials. The production of oxygen from lunar soil is the first step in this process. The overall flowsheet for lunar oxygen production is similar to that of terrestrial metal production from a mined ore. The process flowsheets both include excavation, haulage and beneficiation of the lunar soil or terrestrial ore to provide the feedstock for the chemical extraction of oxygen or metal.
As a mineral processing engineer, Kathryn is interested in the beneficiation of lunar soils. The environmental constraints on the Moon present a number of challenges for beneficiation of minerals, including low gravity and a lack of air or water for transporting and separating minerals. These challenges mean we must think differently about the way in which we separate minerals in space, which has the potential to bring new ideas and approaches to terrestrial mineral separations. In this talk, we will look at the role of mineral processing in the lunar oxygen production flowsheet, the challenges faced, and how we might use SRU to transform our terrestrial mineral processing operations.
Due to the current restrictions on movement we are reviewing options to enable us to bring you this event if the strict ‘stay at home’ advice remains in place. We will keep you posted.